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#29 Jelena Jankovic
5'9½" 130lb RH 2H-BH
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#5 Caroline Wozniacki
5' 10" 139lb RH 2H-BH
   
tennis.quickfound.net tourney page: Wimbledon with 43 choice photos, 11 quotes...
    On Thursday at London, England, in the 2nd round of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2015 Indian Wells finalist (and 2007 Birmingham champ), 30 year old 28th seeded #29 (and former #1) Jelena Jankovic of Serbia (residence: Dubai, United Arab Emirates), defeated 26 year old #101 (career high: #74) Evgeniya Rodina from Moscow, Russia, 6(4)-7, 6-1, 6-3 (photo shown).

    In the 3rd round on Saturday, Jelena will play the 2014 Wimbledon champ (and 2015 champion at Sydney), 25 year old 2nd seeded #2 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic.

    Petra leads JJ 4-2 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was earlier this year on red clay in the 3rd round at Rome, when Petra defeated Jelena 6-3, 6-2.

    Petra said: "It's always a big challenge to face [Jelena]. She's a former #1 player. It's always a little bit special. And she always has weapons to play. Especially her backhand, it's really great. I've never played her on grass, but I'm going to try my best to keep playing like I'm playing." WTA story

    Also on Thursday at Wimbledon, the 2009 Eastbourne champion (and 2015 Kuala Lumpur champ & 2014 US Open finalist), 24 year old 5th seeded #5 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated 22 year old #82 (career high: #77) Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 7-6(6) (photo shown).

    Caroline led 5-1 in the 2nd set. Caro said: "I felt comfortable and confident. All of a sudden she started playing better. She started hitting the lines, as well. You know, small things. All of a sudden it's 5-6 instead of comfortably in the locker room having won the match. At the end of the day, I won. I kept fighting. You know, that's tennis sometimes. You need to win the last point. That's when you know you've won. I'm just happy to be through." WTA story

    In the 3rd round on Saturday, Caroline will play the 2015 champion at 's-Hertogenbosch, 21 year old 31st seeded #32 (career high: #31) Camila Giorgi of Italy (residence: France).

    Camila leads Caro 2-1 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was in 2014 on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 2nd round at New Haven, when Camila defeated Caroline 6-4, 6-2.

    Caroline said: "Camila is a player that you don't really know what to expect. She's hitting every ball as hard as she can. Either it goes in or doesn't go in.
    "For me, it's just about staying focused. I need to try to keep pressure on her. I need to return well, serve well, try not to let her dictate too much. Once she can dictate, she's a dangerous player. She is going to take the ball very early. She serves well, goes for every shot."

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WTA SCOREBOARD: The Championships at Wimbledon

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Wimbledon, 2nd Round Wed-Thu Jul 1-2 11:30am
loser's prize: £47,000; points: 70
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n93 Timea Babos HUN 6-4, 6-1 Wed
n2 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n57 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-2, 6-0 Thu
n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n123 q Richel Hogenkamp NED 6-3, 6-1 Wed
n5 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n82 Denisa Allertova CZE 6-1, 7-6(6) Thu
n6 s6 Lucie Safarova CZE d n130 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-2, 6-3 Wed
*n157 q Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-3, 6-4 Wed
*n66 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n8 s8 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-2, 7-5 Thu
n10 s10 Angelique Kerber GER d n39 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-5, 6-2 Thu
*n48 CoCo Vandeweghe USA d n11 s11 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-6(5) 6-4 Wed
n13 s13 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n80 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-0, 6-2 Thu
n14 s14 Andrea Petkovic GER d n99 Mariana Duque-Marino COL 6-3, 6-1 Wed
n15 s15 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n102 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-2, 6-1 Thu
n16 s16 Venus Williams USA d n95 Yulia Putintseva KAZ 7-6(5), 6-4 Wed
*n62 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n17 s17 Elina Svitolina UKR 7-6(3), 6-3 Thu
n18 s18 Sabine Lisicki GER d n63 Christina McHale USA 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 Thu
*n84 Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n19 s19 Sara Errani ITA 6-3, 6(2)-7, 6-2 Wed
n20 s20 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n54 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Thu
n21 s21 Madison Keys USA d n109 Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS 6-4, 7-6(3) Thu
n22 s22 Samantha Stosur AUS d n107 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-3, 6-4 Wed
n23 s23 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n96 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-3, 6-3 Wed
*n122 Olga Govortosva BLR d n25 s25 Alize Cornet FRA 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-1 Thu
*n133 Kristyna Pliskova CZE d n27 s26 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Thu
n29 s28 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n101 Evgeniya Rodina RUS 6(4)-7, 6-1, 6-3 Thu
n30 s29 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n68 L Tsurenko UKR 7-5, 6(4)-7, 7-5 Wed
n31 s30 Belinda Bencic SUI d n87 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 Wed
n32 s31 Camila Giorgi ITA d n85 Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-0, 7-6(5) Thu
n34 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n136 q Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR 7-5, 6-1 Wed
n37 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n145 wc Jelena Ostapenko LAT 6-4, 7-5 Wed
n43 Sloane Stephens USA d n79 Lauren Davis USA 6-4, 6-4 Wed
n46 Monica Niculescu ROU d n106 Jana Cepelova SVK 6-3, 6-3 Thu
n64 Heather Watson GBR d n71 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 6-2 Wed
n76 Tatjana Maria GER d n117 Ying-Ying Duan CHN 1-6, 6-2, 10-8 Thu
Wimbledon, 3rd Round Fri-Sat Jul 3-4 11:30am
loser's prize: £77,000; points: 130
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA v n64 Heather Watson GBR Fri cC m3
n2 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE v n29 s28 Jelena Jankovic SRB Sat
n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS v n30 s29 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU Fri c1 m2
n5 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN v n32 s31 Camila Giorgi ITA Sat
n6 s6 Lucie Safarova CZE v n43 Sloane Stephens USA Fri c2 m2
n10 s10 Angelique Kerber GER v n20 s20 Garbine Muguruza ESP Sat
n13 s13 Agnieszka Radwanska POL v n62 Casey Dellacqua AUS Sat
n14 s14 Andrea Petkovic GER v n34 Zarina Diyas KAZ Fri c12 m2
n15 s15 Timea Bacsinszky SUI v n18 s18 Sabine Lisicki GER Sat
n16 s16 Venus Williams USA v n84 Aleksandra Krunic SRB Fri c2 m3
n21 s21 Madison Keys USA v n76 Tatjana Maria GER Sat
n22 s22 Samantha Stosur AUS v n48 CoCo Vandeweghe USA Fri c3 m2
n23 s23 Victoria Azarenka BLR v n37 Kristina Mladenovic FRA Fri c3 m3
n31 s30 Belinda Bencic SUI v n157 q B Mattek-Sands USA Fri c18 m1 1215pm
n46 Monica Niculescu ROU v n133 Kristyna Pliskova CZE Sat
n66 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK v n122 Olga Govortosva BLR Sat
Wimbledon, 4th Round, Mon Jul 6 11:30am
loser's prize: £127,000; points: 240
Wimbledon, QFs, Tue Jul 7
loser's prize: £241,000; points: 430
Wimbledon, SFs, Thu Jul 9 1pm
loser's prize: £470,000; points: 780
Wimbledon, Final, Sat Jul 11 2pm
loser's prize: £940,000; points: 1300
winner's prize: £1,880,000; points: 2000
Wimbledon, Doubles Final, Sat Jul 11
losers' prize: £170,000
winners' prize: £340,000

Wimbledon, Mixed Doubles Final, Sun Jul 12
losers' prize: £50,000
winners' prize: £100,000

Wimbledon, Girls' Singles Final, Sat Jul 11

Wimbledon, Girls' Doubles Final, Sun Jul 12

Wimbledon, Withdrawals/Non-entries
n26 Shuai Peng CHN
n149 Kateryna Kozlova UKR

  WTA: June 22-28 Eastbourne

Eastbourne:

#13 Agnieszka Radwanska
5'7" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Eastbourne:

#31 Belinda Bencic
5'9" 139lb RH 2H-BH

AEGON Int'l Eastbourne, GBR PREMIER 700 $731,000 48m/32q/16d outdoor: grass
Live Scores | draws: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! news - WTA

    On Saturday at Eastbourne, England, in the final of the AEGON International, the 2015 finalist at 's-Hertogenbosch, 18 year old #31 (career high: #31) Belinda Bencic from Flawil, Switzerland, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2008 Eastbourne champion (and 2014 champ at Montreal), 26 year old 9th seeded #13 (career high: #2) Agnieszka Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 (Aga is shown during the match; Belinda is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Belinda's prize is $124,000; Agnieszka's prize is $66,000.

    Belinda said: "The match started very well for me, actually. I was very focused and I really played very freely. Of course I was disappointed I didn't close out the second set, and I was also starting to get a little tired. It was a lot of running out there, and we had some long rallies too. But I was very focused in the third set, and after 3-0 I relaxed a little bit and closed it out well." WTA story

    Aga said: "I think I had a lot of good matches, Nottingham and here, and I think that's the main thing going into a Grand Slam. I think I did the best preparation I could before Wimbledon, and I played some really good tennis these last few weeks, so now we'll just wait and see what happens in London."

    Belinda and Agnieszka had never before met on the field of combat.

    Belinda is now 1-2 in WTA singles finals. Her singles match record in 2015 is 21-15.

    Agnieszka is now 14-7 in WTA singles finals; she has a 22-15 singles match record this season.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Eastbourne

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Eastbourne, Final, Sat 130pm
loser's prize: $66,000 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $124,000 US; points: 470
*n31 Belinda Bencic SUI d n13 s9 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
Eastbourne, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $20,650 US
winners' prize: $39,000 US
s4 Caroline Garcia & Katarina Srebotnik
    d Jie Zheng & Yung-Jan Chan 7-6(5), 6-2

Eastbourne, Withdrawals
n2 s1 Petra Kvitova CZE illness
n10 s6 Angelique Kerber GER
n15 Timea Baczinsky SUI

  WTA Jun 15-21: Birmingham

Birmingham:

#12 Karolina Pliskova
6'1" 159lb RH 2H-BH
Birmingham:

#10 Angelique Kerber
5' 8" 150lb LH 2H-BH

AEGON Classic Birmingham, GBR PREMIER $731,000 56m/32q/16d outdoor: grass
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y!: BC - ED | WTA

    On Sunday at Birmingham, England, in the final of the AEGON Classic, the 2015 champion at Stuttgart & Charleston, 27 year old 4th seeded #10 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, defeated the 2015 champion at Prague, 23 year old 6th seeded #12 (career high: #12) Karolina Pliskova from Louny, Czech Republic, 6(5)-7, 6-3, 7-6(4) (Karolina is shown during the match; Angelique is shown holding the Maude Watson Trophy afterward). Angelique's prize is $124,000; Karolina's prize is $66,000.

  WTA: June 8-14 Nottingham & NED

Rosmalen:

#37 Camila Giorgi
5'6" 119lb RH 2H-BH
Nottingham:

#94 Ana Konjuh
5'9" 143lb RH 2H-BH

Topshelf Open  Rosmalen, NED INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: grass
Live Scores | draws: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! news - WTA

AEGON Open Nottingham, GBR INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: grass
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! news - WTA

    On Sunday at Rosmalen, Netherlands (often labeled as 's-Hertogenbosch or Den Bosch, a larger city nearby), in the final of the Topshelf Open, the 2015 (and 2014) finalist at Katowice, 21 year old 5th seeded #37 (career high: #31) Camila Giorgi of Italy (residence: France), won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2014 finalist at Tianjin, 18 year old 4th seeded #35 (career high: #32) Belinda Bencic from Flawil, Switzerland, 7-5, 6-3 (Camila is shown holding the hardware after the match). Camila's prize is $43,000; Belinda's prize is $21,400.

    On Monday in England, in the rain-postponed final of the AEGON Open Nottingham, 17 year old #94 (career high: #84) Ana Konjuh from Zagreb, Croatia, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2014 champ at Guangzhou, 27 year old #67 (career high: #28) Monica Niculescu from Bucharest, Romania, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 (Ana is also shown holding the hardware after the match). Ana's prize is $43,000; Monica's prize is $21,400.

  WTA November 14-15 2015 Fed Cup Final

    Czech Republic will host Russia for the Fed Cup final, November 14-15. The Czechs won the Fed Cup three of the last four years; Russia last won the title in 2008.

2016 Fed Cup World Group: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Swiss, Romania, Netherlands.
2016 Fed Cup World Group II: USA, Serbia, Poland, Canada, Spain, Belarus, Slovakia, Australia.

  WTA: May 24-Jun 8 French Open

Roland Garros:

#13 Lucie Safarova
5'9" 137lb LH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

Roland Garros Grand Slam Prize$: €12,864,000 | 128 players - outdoor: red clay
matches: Live Scores - OOP - results draws: W sing, pdf - mix doub
women's: qualif. - singles - doub men's: qualif. - singles - doub

    On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2015 French Open, the 2013 & 2002 RG champion (and 2015 Australian Open & Miami champ), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2015 champion at Doha, 28 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #11) Lucie Safarova from Brno, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6(2)-7, 6-2 (Lucie is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward). Serena's prize is €1,800,000 (about $2,031,383 US); Lucie's prize is €900,000 (about $1,015,691 US).

  WTA Jan 19-Feb 1: Australian Open

Melbourne:

#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH
Melbourne:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard AUD$40,000,000
draws: WS, .pdf - XD women's: Q - S - D men's: Q - S - D

    On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2015 Australian Open, the 2003, '05, '07, '09 & '10 AO champion (and 2014 champ at Flushing Meadows, Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 6th Australian Open title by defeating the 2008 AO champ & 2015 champion at Brisbane (and 2014 champ at Beijing, Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart), 27 year old 2nd seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), 6-3, 7-6(5) (Maria is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward). Serena's prize is AUD$3,100,000 (about $2,425,900 US); Maria's prize is AUD$1,550,000 (about $1,212,900 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net WTA Australian Open 2015 tourney page has 93 choice photos, cropped & enhanced, 50 postmatch quotes, Melbourne weather, a Google map of Melbourne Park, and much more.

  WTA Aug 25-Sept 7: US Open

Flushing Meadows:

#11 Caroline Wozniacki
5' 10" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Flushing Meadows:

#1 Serena Williams
6th US Open Title

US Open NYC Grand Slam $36,203,760 128 players | outdoor: hard Deco Turf
Live Scores - Draws: WS pdf - WTA - XD Women: Q - S - D Men: Q - S - D | pics

         On Sunday at Flushing Meadows, in the final of the 2014 US Open, the 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002 & 1999 tourney champion 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2009 US Open finalist, 24 year old 10th seeded #11 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-3, 6-3 (photos shown).

    Serena's prize is $3,000,000, plus a $1,000,000 bonus for winning the summer hardcourt US Open Series, for a total of four million dollars. Caroline's prize is $1,450,000.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 US Open tourney page holds 94 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 65 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA June 23-July 6: Wimbledon

Wimbledon:

#13 Eugenie Bouchard
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH
Wimbledon:

#6 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

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      On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2011 Wimbledon titleist, 24 year old 6th seeded #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated 20 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #13) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 6-3, 6-0 (Genie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Petra's prize is £1,760,000 (about $3,016,209 US); Genie's prize is £880,000 (about $1,508,104 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Wimbledon tourney page holds 111 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 33 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
 
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    (October 8, 2014) "The WTA Elite Trophy, a brand new singles and doubles event offering $2.15 million in prize money, will be staged in Zhuhai in southern China for the next five years from 2015 to 2019.
    "The 12-player singles field in Zhuhai will consist of players ranked No.9 through No.20 in the world, along with one wildcard, in a four-group round robin format. The winners of each respective group will advance to the single elimination semifinal stage of the event. Meanwhile, six doubles teams will compete in a two-group round robin format, with the winner of each group advancing to the final...
    "The event in Zhuhai will replace the Tournament Of Champions on the 2015 WTA calendar." WTA story
    Zhuhai is located just north of Macau, across from Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta, south of Guangzhou.

    (September 20, 2014) Former WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka is will not play again in 2014 to allow time for a nagging foot injury to heal. The two-time Australian Open champion said: "Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season... I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season..." Victoria Azarenka at Facebook

    (September 19, 2014) Australian Open champion and former WTA #2 Li Na has retired from professional tennis due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown of Wuhan. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100%."
    Na finishes her career with 9 WTA singles titles, a 503-188 career singles match record, and $16,709,074 in prize money. Open Letter from Li Na Announcing her Retirement - Li Na at Facebook

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.
   

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

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Daniela Hantuchova
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Tatiana Golovin
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Maria Kirilenko

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      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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